Originally Posted by plswdth
Not easier at all? Try setting up a printer wirelessly. One involves finding the IP address of the printer on the router, setting up a TCP/IP port to print to, finding the right driver for the printer, etc
On Apple, it involves choosing the already correctly identified printer in a dialog via Rendezvous.
Bull. I STILL had to have the driver loaded on the machine or it wouldn't work. I set up network printers for that lab. Once the drivers were loaded previously on the machine, the above worked. Maybe it was because we had a server version as well. I don't know.
Still not easier than a PC, though.
|The OS is full of subtle things like this. Most people would have no idea how to publish a webpage of pictures from their digital camera. With the Mac, it's about three button clicks.
That's still not terribly hard on a PC either. So what if the software to do that is just as easy and comes from the camera's vendor?
|What software on Windows do you use that is lacking on Apple besides games?
Setting up restrictions for multipe users was a pain. Turning on and off apps wasn't fun. OS X server was definitely lacking in the user management. Defiinitely MUCH harder to set up rights, directories, etc, than Windows or Netware.
I also thought MS's software implementations sucked rocks. IE and Office weren't my favorites.
Final Cut was picky to install at times, but it was great when it worked. Uninstalling a borked installation required a ritual sacrifice practically.
|Yes, Apple uses a lot the same hardware. But tell me after looking at the inside of a G5 that there is any PC that comes even close to that level of hardware design. The notebooks are similar--magnetic latches, stronger hinges, thinner and lighter compared to the vast majority of PC laptops (the 17" powerbook is a full 1.7lbs lighter than the lightest PC 17" laptop), power supply cord that changes color depending on whether it's charging or full, led's on the battery with a button to press to show the charge of it independtly from the computer, backlit keyboard, power supply that can be used in either long or short mode and has a receding plug and built in cord wrapper (no need to carry around two cords as with every PC laptop), 6 pin firewire port, etc. It's not just prettier, it's better engineered.
It looks like any other computer to me on the inside. Same connections, etc are used.
Otherwise, might be better engineered if you care about that stuff. Macs were also a pain to repair anytime anything went on them. iMacs and eMacs were especially fun.
Not all Macs had backlit keyboards. The iBook I had didn't have one. I thought the power cord was a pain. Then again, it doesn't look like my Mac had the things you mentioned. Even so, it would go into the "extras" file in my book: might be nice to have, but I'm not going to pay extra for it and it's certainly something I can do without.
You might think it was engineering finesse. I thought of it as "what were the smoking when they designed this?"
|I'll grant you OS 9.x was a lacking OS. So was Windows 3.1 and 95-ME. How could you possibly have a problem getting a Mac back up now though? There's a restore cd with every mac. You put it in and press c when booting up. You can choose to either fix the disk or restore the comptuer. What is difficult about that?
The command line was a very powerful thing. I could do a lot more from a 98/DOS bootdisk that didn't require me to run the OS off the CD.
Disk FirstAid was almost completely useless as it wouldn't fix most of the errors on a hard drive. Good thing my employer had Norton Utilities.
The system restore might be easy, but it's not when you have customized configurations and the Macs had older CDs. So what if you're running OS 9.22 and you had the OS 9.0 CD, not fun, is it? Have to reload all the apps, upgrade the OS, etc.
I fell in love with Symatec's Ghost. NetRestore in X was the closest thing that came to it and even then it was severely lacking.
See, with Windows or Linux, I could use a Windows CD from any PC. Mac drove me nuts as I couldn't necessarily use the OS CD from a G4 tower with an iMac. It was frustrating to have to hunt down disks sometimes because the one I had on hand didn't work.
Firmware/BIOS updates were a joke too.
I dreaded everytime I had to hit the Mac labs.
Let's also not forget that Apple's "marketing" BS has turned a lot of people off too.